Regina King Makes First Public Appearance Since Her 25-Year-Old Son Died by Suicide

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Regina King is returning to the red carpet for the first time after losing her son in a tragic death earlier this year.

The Watchmen actress made an appearance at an awards ceremony during the Filming Italy Festival in Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy.

King, 51, graced the red carpet wearing a sleeveless white dress that showcased her arms and a slither of her stomach. For the glamorous night, the Academy Award winner embellished her ensemble with a pair of matching-colored high heels and a Louis Vuitton purse. A portion of her hair tied into braids was dyed orange for the occasion.

The sighting marked her first public outing since the death of her son, Ian Alexander Jr., in January.

“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” King said in a statement sent to PEOPLE announcing the tragedy at the time. “He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you.”

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Shafiq Najib